t.BA.EU.TRANS.19HS (Transformation of socio-technical Systems) 
Module: Transformation of socio-technical Systems
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Transformation of socio-technical Systems
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Version: 2.0 start 01 August 2020

Short description

Students are enabled to think (self-)critically and embed technological and social science solutions in economic and social systems, to understand the challenges of the transformation of energy, mobility and resource systems and to substantiate these methodically and technically.

Module coordinator

Eberle Armin (ebea)

Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
You know and understand the most important concepts and methods of transformation of socio-technical systems F, M K1, K2
You know and understand the concepts of sustainability and their implementation ranging from the individuals to the regulations.   F, M K1, K2
You recognize different governance and intervention approaches to initiate and shape the transformation processes F, M K1, K2
You are familiar with innovative economic, business and social science approaches and can apply them to energy/mobility/resource issues F, M K1, K2, K3
You apply the concepts with concrete examples in the most important areas of transformation F, M K1, K2, K3
You can identify and classify the most important challenges in the fields of energy, mobility and resources, and analyse barriers and opportunities F, M, S K1-K4
In group work, you develop your own approaches to transformation F, M, SO K3-K5

Module contents

Methodological competence Transformation (Weizsäcker, Geels, Schneidewind), environmental and (socio-) psychological approaches, conceptual approaches to the transformation of socio-technical systems and their application in the most important transformation topicsKonzepte der Nachhaltigkeit: Suffizienz, Konsistenz, Effizienz und ihre Umsetzung in Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft und Unternehmen (z.B. Sharing, Kreislaufwirtschaft, Servicemodelle)

Understanding of the challenges in the transformation of energy, mobility and resource change, technical and non-technical solutions and their application in the context of economic and social systems

Application of environmental, (socio)psychological and behavioural economic approaches to behaviour change and technology acceptance

Political-economic framework conditions as the basis for transformation (e.g. growth compulsion) and their changeability at national and international level (e.g. climate negotiations)

Teaching materials

Presentations, slides, additional material on moodle

Schneidewind, Uwe (2018): Die grosse Transformation. Eine Einführung in die Kunst gesellschaftlichen Wandels. Fischer Taschenbuch.

Weizsäcker, Ernst Ulrich (2018): Wir sind dran. Was wir ändern müssen, wenn wir bleiben wollen.

Elzen, B., Geels, F.W., Green, K. (Eds.), 2004. System Innovation and the Transition to Sustainability: Theory, Evidence and Policy. Edgar Elgar, Cheltenham.

Supplementary literature

additional material during lecures



Teaching language

(X) German ( ) English

Part of International Profile

( ) Yes (X) No

Module structure

Type 2a
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Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
Graded assignments during teaching semester pres. 



3 A4


End-of-semester exam test written 60 Min grade 60%



Legal basis

The module description is part of the legal basis in addition to the general academic regulations. It is binding. During the first week of the semester a written and communicated supplement can specify the module description in more detail.
Course: Transformation soziotechnischer Systeme - Vorlesung
Transformation soziotechnischer Systeme - Vorlesung


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 01 August 2099.